Tess of the d'Urbervilles Author:Thomas Hardy Deeply wronged by others and expiating in agony their sin, striving in self-forgetfulness for their good until the day when she must choose between her mother's life and her own derided chastity, Tess sells her seemingly worthless body to do the last act of love withing her power. — The romance has the power, the intensity, the inevitableness, an... more »d above all the warm humanity of the great dramas, ancient and modern. No man, and certainly no woman, could read this book with sympathy and not thenceforth be of broader mind and more charitable and catholic spirit.
Whatever is best in Thomas Hardy's work is to be found in this page from life---humor, pathos, tragecy, marvellous descriptive faculty, and that transfoming magic trough all, for which there is no other word than the musch abused term "genius."
In America, Tess was published in one volume after having been serialized or publishe piecemeal in the late Victorian age (1891.) It was the first English novel to enjoy copyright protection in the US.« less